Do you ever feel like you could just curl up in bed and sleep for a week?
I’d been feeling that way for a while. I was tired, and completely drained of energy. So tired that I started doing laundry, but left the dried clothes piled in two hampers for more than a week.
Dishes from the weekend were still near the sink, waiting to be washed..unable to fit in the dishwasher.
I didn’t want to cook.
And don’t even get me started on my lack of motivation when it came to working out….much less getting up in the morning.
It. Was. Rough.
I even started drinking coffee at work…although I hadn’t drank coffee consistently since high school. (I was going through a phase)
My husband would tell me I needed to go to bed earlier, but I couldn’t seem to turn the TV off and go to sleep. My brain would just suck in hours of mindless “reality” TV as I would slowly become comatose.
For some reason, I thought I could somehow expand my day if I just stayed awake, and that my energy would eventually come back. Not true. I’d just end up losing sleep, and becoming more sluggish the next day.
My mother-in-law finally suggested I do an herbal detox.
I did. It ended Monday, and honestly, I don’t know if I feel much different.
So I am truly thankful that my Tuesday started off as the first full day of a much-needed break from work.
I was able to keep my schedule clear, sleep until I felt rested, and lounge around until I felt like moving.
I was able to take a moment, slow down, and breathe.
And that made it easier to get the things done that I wanted to do days ago like…
Getting that laundry done without worrying about meeting a deadline.
Cleaning my house, and returning my kitchen counters to their immaculate existence without dreading it, and calculating the time I’d spend covered in suds merely as time I would never get back.
It’s so nice when you have the time and energy to complete everything on your to-do list.
I’d been trying to get things done on my own, but couldn’t find the energy until God gave me an opportunity to have uninterrupted rest…
And at the point where I really needed it: when I realized my efforts weren’t getting the job done.
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 (NIV)
“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” – Ralph Marston
What do you do when you feel sluggish? How do you renew yourself?